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In terms of overall players that were either ranked #1 or won NPOY honors in HS, these are the ones I know of:

Mary Ostrowski, Bridgette Gordon, Lisa Harrison, Tiffany Woosley, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings, Kara Lawson, Shyra Ely, Ashley Robinson, Candace Parker, Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood, Mercedes Russell, Diamond DeShields (was ranked #1 in the class in her sophomore and junior years), and Evina Westbrook.

Rankings are somewhat new and evolved over the years in female sports. Candace won the major awards in her time that would have put her as the #1 ranked player. USA Today (twice POY), Naismith POY, and Gatorade POY.
She also won the Naismith POY and Gatorade POY awards as a junior. She was the first player to win the Naismith Award as a junior, with Maya Moore being the second. She could've been the first junior to win the others, for all I know, but I remember at the time the Naismith Award was made out to be a big deal.

Candace, Alexis and S'ade were all ranked #1 by different recruiting services (ASGr, Blue star, Scout?). Hoopgurlz didn't have rankings back then, but the guy who did them for years previously came from I think Scout...who did do rankings.
Only ASGR didn't have Candace ranked #1, because Jerry Gatewood was involved with the organization. But SWG won the Parade Magazine POY award in 2004. Keep in mind that Candace missed part of her senior year after a torn ACL. Everyone knew Candace was the best player in that class. She was a once-in-a-generation talent and had won more than one NPOY award as a junior. BlueStar definitely had her ranked #1 (I used to have those rankings bookmarked but the site has since been deleted). Sylvia Fowles was the consensus #2 player in that class with Lex and SWG both being top 5. IIRC, Tasha Humphery and Crystal Langhorne were ranked right behind them. When I think back to the top 5/6 players in that class, those are the ones that come to mind.
 
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She was.

Blue Star had some doozies back in the day, like Ashley Robinson #1 over Taurasi, Nicole Teasley #1 over Catchings...
Blue Star definitely had Candace ranked #1, though. It was ASGR that was smoking crack because SWG's stepdad was involved with them. They had Candace ranked like #4 or #5, lol. I swear the writing was on the wall from the get-go that he was going to be a thorn in Pat's side. What a wasted talent SWG was, and her traveling circus of a meddling family had a lot to do with that.
 
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Blue Star definitely had Candace ranked #1, though. It was ASGR that was smoking crack because SWG's stepdad was involved with them. They had Candace ranked like #4 or #5, lol. I swear the writing was on the wall from the get to that he was going to be a thorn in Pat's side. What a wasted talent SWG was, and her traveling circus of a meddling family had a lot to do with that.
Yeah, I remember SWG's wack job dad, and how she supposedly felt like a "robot" in Pat's system. Funny thing, Bobbitt sure didn't look like a robot leading the team to two titles in her place.

Unfortunately that highly touted class also arrived with injury problems. SWG had her moments here and at Maryland, but her knees were basically shot by the time she arrived to college (one reason I'm not optimistic about Jordan Walker this season). And I fully believe Parker missing her freshman season cost Pat another title...
 
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Yeah, I remember SWG's wack job dad, and how she supposedly felt like a "robot" in Pat's system. Funny thing, Bobbitt sure didn't look like a robot leading the team to two titles in her place.
Another funny thing is she didn't do jack crap at Maryland once she transferred there because she still had the same knees, and wound up not even finishing her eligibility. She never played a full season of college basketball. Her first season was cut short due to her tendonitis, her second season she cut short herself by transferring, which bled into her junior season (had to sit out until after Christmas). She redshirted her senior year and never played again after that.

And I fully believe Parker missing her freshman season cost Pat another title...
100%. No way we don't win it all in Indy if Parker is on the team. Still remember Ely pulling a no-show in her last college game in her hometown.
 
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Another funny thing is she didn't do jack crap at Maryland once she transferred there because she still had the same knees, and wound up not even finishing her eligibility. She never played a full season of college basketball. Her first season was cut short due to her tendonitis, her second season she cut short herself by transferring, which bled into her junior season (had to sit out until after Christmas). She redshirted her senior year and never played again after that.



100%. No way we don't win it all in Indy if Parker is on the team. Still remember Ely pulling a no-show in her last college game in her hometown.
That Michigan state debacle….smh
 
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